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Corporate Performance

I performed at the JW Marriott is Muskoka, Ontario a few nights ago. A corporate event for tradespeople. It was SO much fun. I love the venue and the show was amazing. So wonderful having a bunch of tradespeople laughing and coming up to me after the show telling me stories from working the trades. My own family are all in the trades so there’s a special place in my heart for events attended ...

TV Taping

Sometimes it’s worth the trek to nowhere.This weekend I performed in Fergus Ontario, Its an hour outside Toronto.  Not that far. At the Fergus Grand Theatre, a local producer, Ryan Joyce, shot in 4k video no less, what will soon become a tv show. A show that puts a spotlight on local yet world class Canadian variety acts. Not many true variety shows on television now that don’t pivot on som...

Confidence

I’ve been talking about Holland America Cruises lately. I’m performing on one right now, where I’m currently in the middle of the Pacific Ocean half way between California and Hawaii. I’ve been headlining shows for them for a while now. I love the theatre, the corporate culture, the accommodations and the way I’m treated. As far as I can tell, having worked MANY cruise lines over the last 10 ye...

New Year

“This just might do nobody any good”.  The opening to one of the most epic speeches in the history of broadcast.Happy new year.  2018 is here. What are your resolutions??? One of mine is to never use that image at the top of this post again ;)Not sure what my plans are for this trip around the sun, but our history will be what we make of it.I asked myself what my hero’s might do to ...

Terminology

There’s a distinction. Comedy magician and comedian / magician.Interestingly, and maybe annoyingly, magicians seem to use the terms interchangeably.It needs to be dealt with, because there’s a big difference between a magician with some funny lines in their show and a magician who’s actually a COMEDIAN. I used to think that if you had a comedy club background, by that I mean actually pe...

Thank You All

Well that’s it.  The month of performing at corporate holiday parties has ended, as has my last show for the 2017 year.I’ve performed on television shows, theatres, cruise ships, corporate events in Europe and beyond.  I am VERY grateful for the opportunities given to me. I’ve often said that show business has been very good to me, better perhaps than I deserve.I’m excited to see what w...

Showbusiness or ShowArt ?

There’s no star system in Canada. That’s the problem.I've been working in show business long enough that its impossible not to be a little bit jaded by it. Since the age of 16 the showing of magic tricks and making them funny has been my sole source of income.Starting out its everyone's wild ambition to be the next David Copperfireld or George Carlin. Of course the longer you keep at it...

Ethics

Its a question of professionalism even more than ethics, although that comes into play too.Its no secret that I specialize in corporate after dinner comedy and magic shows. I have a very specific skill set I’ve developed in order to be able to entertain in a conference environment. Its different than performing in theatres or on cruise ships and it has its own set of challenges. My skill se...

New Things Cooking

I’ve been incredibly lucky to be a full time magician and comedian. I've only performed the types of shows I’ve wanted to do over the full span of my career with little compromise.  Its incredibly rare in Canada to never have had a 9-5 job and only have worked in show business doing the work I want to do. I’ve also been blessed with lots of TV, radio and podcast interviews. Can you believe ...

The Company Holiday Party

Its that time of year when people begin to organize their Christmas and Holiday parties. A lot of entertainers writing blogs about how to pick entertainment and make the event a successful one. Take stock, they say,  of what you think is important and google wisely.  I say leave your livestock alone.Listen, I can’t tell you what type of entertainment to choose, you may want something intera...